Beating Insomnia with Alzheimer’s
Insomnia is becoming more prominent in the older population. While there are many causes, it is good to be aware and of its side effects and how to fix the problem at hand. “A survey done in 1995 by researchers at the National Institute on Aging among more than 9,000 people aged 65 and older living in three communities revealed that 42 percent reported difficulty with both falling asleep and staying asleep.” This article points out hardships seniors face daily. The reality is less sleep leads to higher risks of falls and possible fractures. Alzheimer’s is another factor that can cause insomnia that several people may not realize is the case. A popular term, named sundowning, happens to those suffering from Alzheimer’s where in the evening, they may feel higher levels of agitation and confusion. This can greatly affect someone’s sleep schedules who has Alzheimer’s or Dementia as they stay up longer with disoriented thoughts. Healthy habits suggested by this article to improve sleep with or without Alzheimer’s, is eating fruits or drinking tea a couple hours before bed time. Reading a book or newspaper before bed can help with falling asleep as well. Also, scheduling a routine for daily tasks can greatly benefit an individual’s sleep schedule.
At Sutton Homes, our specialized residential memory care homes offer a selection of fruits every day along with tea and an assortment of beverages. We coordinate personalized schedules with every resident so they have a set time for meals, showers, bed time, and activities all tailored to their needs and preferences. This allows residents to get into a routine and maintain better sleep schedules. Of course, if someone would like to stay up a little longer to watch a show or activity, residents have the right to do so. Sutton Homes is here to care for our residents and ensure they are eating well, getting the right amount of sleep and physical activity each day! For more information on our homes near you, please call (407) 740-8815.